Let's hope that Springtime, the ongoing exhibition at Lakshana Art Gallery, spreads
a little color and flavor to the gallery itself. Picturesque and happy, the exhibition
is an exposé of a hobby taken a bit seriously by Chennai-based artists Thejo Menon
and Kavitha Prasad. Representing an art club called Amarantos, the two female
artists speak succinctly about the other female artists working along their side
Under the guidance of artist A V Ilango, the duo exemplifies a very becoming attitude towards their love of the plastic arts. Thejo Menon, a sel-grade lecturer in art at the Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed Woman's college, and Kavitha Prasad, an architect, display a spirit normally aspired for and talked about by amateurs. Although their art does not merit a dissecting critique, it certainly deserves an encouraging note.
Painting flora in the medium of oils, wash and acrylics, Menon demonstrates a flourish singular to her practice. Her happy subject of flowers and vases creates a festivity generally demanded by the lay spectators. Although the subject worked upon is of a popular variety, Menon, it is obvious, has understood her medium intelligibly. The color palette and brush strokes are translated with a certain enthusiasm and fervor that are never at the expense of the conventions of the medium. The overlapping strokes express her joy in blending her palette with spontaneity. Therefore, her montage can be categorized as an inviting calendar that is absolutely decorative. Perhaps, meant to add that spurt of color to an eclectic color scheme of a plush interior.
Coming to Kavitha Prasad, one can easily perceive a sobriety in her artistic indulgence. Although both Prasad and Menon share a love for nature, Prasad goes a few steps ahead and includes a complete perspective of herbage. Exploiting the translucency of the watercolor medium, she comes across to the spectator as an evolving painter. In fact, her subtly painted foliage appears to be on the verge of seriousness, which can salvage her from being labeled a hobby painter. Meticulous in her endeavor, this artist evokes benevolence in viewers. The mostly beige palette departs ample highlights, which once again endorse her strong technique.
A very pleasing montage indeed, but it is important to note that Springtime is primarily a decorative kind of exhibition, a staple collection of affordable displays mounted by Lakshana. Although there is a general demand for such works by interior designers, such paintings operate in space as mere gratifying pictures, the services of which can be terminated once the function of sprucing the interiors ends. Also exposed to Chennai and Bangalore, Menon and Prasad earlier exhibited at Lakshana during the group show titled "Affordable Art".